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From Ft. Walton

North on 85 until you come into Niceville. Howell Road is the last left you can make before the light. Turn onto Howell. Alpine Bicycles is the second parking lot on the left.

From Valparaiso/Eglin AFB

Head North on John Sims Parkway until you reach the 85 South intersection. Make a left at the light onto 85. Immediately get in the right lane and make the first right onto Howell Road. Alpine Bicycles is the second parking lot on the left.

From Destin/Niceville

Take highway 98 east until you reach Legendary Drive. Turn left onto Legendary eventually going over Midbay Bridge ($2 Toll). Continue North on White Point Road. At the State Route 20 intersection make a left. Continue West on 20 passing the 85 North cut off and onto John Sims Parkway. Make your way into the right most lane and merge onto 85 South. Make the First right after getting onto 85 South onto Howell Road. Alpine Bicycles is the second parking lot on the left.


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Campagnolo Super Record 11s Ergo Shifters

Super Records. A name long associated with the highest echelon of racers and machines. After several decades they are back, but do they live up to their legacy and why were they chosen for this project? I will start out by saying there is nothing wrong with Sram or Shimano if they work for you the way you want. Campagnolo is traditionally a little lighter but thats no reason to deal with shifting you are not comfortable with. So why Campy?

1. I like crit style racing where you are braking and accelerating all the time. For me dedicated brake levers and shift levers make more sense. I have been riding on both Shimano STI shifters and Campagnolo shifters since around 1995. After all this time I still manage to pull the brake from time to time on accident while shifting on the Shimano style shifters. For this reason I lean towards Campagnolo.
2. Campagnolo for the most part are all re-buildable. I like to keep my bike tuned very tight and enjoy the ability to replace a simple and cheap part and once again enjoy the crispness of brand new parts.
3. The 11s 5.5mm chains do shift faster. I will report back later on how long they last......
4. Four year warranty!!!
5. Cost. Believe it or not Campagnolo can come out cheaper than the equivalent Shimano or Sram counter-part.

Campagnolo Super Record Ergo Shifters
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With all that said there are some cons. The 11s system takes a special chain that's not only $100 dollars but also requires a 200 dollar chain tool. The shifting is a little trickier to get set up also. The largest issue in my opinion though is the bottom bracket. The Ultra-Torque system requires very tight tolerances. Most of the time the shell can be faced and made to work, but this can be a huge con if the customer has a sloppy frame.

Campy super record shifters and brakes weight
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All said and done the Super Record shifters came in just 3 grams over weight. Not a huge savings over Record, but for the rider that wants it all. Worth noting is you can run a mix of Record/Super Record parts and save a couple hundred dollars.

Campagnolo Super Record Ultra Torque Crankset

635 Gram 170mm Campagnolo Super Record crankset. What's even more striking than its weight, is some of the technology used. The bottom bracket for example, uses grease-less ceramic ball bearings. To further reduce weight, Campagnolo made all of the pieces hallow. To aid in strength, the axle mating surfaces are saw-toothed to increase surface area for increased load handling.

Campagnolo Super Record Cranks
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All these features do not come at no cost though. In addition to the literal cost, the Super Record crankset comes with some very tight tolerances. If the bottom bracket shell is any larger than 68mm the two piece crankset will slop around in the shell damaging everything from itself to the front derailleur. If the shell is narrower than 68mm, the teeth that join the two halves will not fully mesh resulting in rapid wear and lack of stiffness. Because of this, the instructions are very clear that the bottom bracket shell needs to be faced. With potential issues lurking with graphite/carbon fiber frames, we advise you have your frame measured and checked before investing in this crank. It is much less forgiving to sloppy tolerances.

Campy ultra torque system weight
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635 grams for the crankset and bearings, and another 41 for the cups brought the total weight up to 676 grams. Below you can see the ceramic ball bearings. Worth noting is that we orginally planned to use an Easton EC90 crankset with the FSA 11 speed rings. We ended up going this route to assure the bike qualified for Campy's outstanding for year warranty.

ceramic ball bearing cult bottom bracket campy campagnolo
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With special tools like the CN300 chain tool needed to work on the 11s Campy groups, it is advised to leave the major overhauls and installations to your local shop. If you are in the Niceville/Fort Walton Beach Florida area, Alpine Bicycles can get you set up fast and quickly the first time.